What is a commission?

When someone has a desire for a particular piece of artwork but is unable to find an existing piece that meets their needs. Elaine Tweedy painting outside One option is to request or "commission" an artist to create a custom piece to meet their specific requirements. The artwork may be in any medium, any size and any subject matter.

Is a commissioned piece more expensive than a regular purchase?

That depends on the requirements. If the client desires something that requires unusual preparation, travel, materials, or research, additional costs may be involved. These can be negotiated. Every effort is made to establish timelines and costs at the outset.

What if I am not happy with the finished result?

My personal policy is that I never want anyone to own a painting of mine that they are not completely satisfied with. To ensure that the client is pleased with the result, I have established some procedures that usually lead to a successful outcome. These may involve preparing rough sketches, viewing samples or providing various choices. In any case, the best scenario and final cost will be worked out with the client at the outset.

Who do I call to discuss commissioning a work or obtain more information?

You are welcome to contact me directly.


International artist Eileen Raucher Sutton of SuttonArt describes how to identify a good piece of art work. This can apply equally to paintings, sculpture, graphics and photography.


1. Strong immediate impact. Emotional reaction.

2. Does the piece have an individuality and creativity that makes it stand out from other work around it?

3. Is it technically well executed for the type of art work intended?

4. Does it have a style? There should be an individuality that distinguishes the work as belonging to a certain person.

5. Is there a balance between the subject matter and the technique. Neither one should overpower the other.

6. Does it have a meaning? A piece of art work should say something (e.g. mood, beauty of an object, social comment, etc.) Clarity of purpose intended by the artist.

7. Is it well composed and well designed? Good composition is not accidental. “Art” implies manipulation by the artist.

8. Is it interesting enough to hold your attention after the initial impact? It should have richness of texture, color, tone, and/or shape; all of which contribute to but do not mar the total effect.

9. Is it powerful and memorable?

10. Is the first impression lasting? If the first impression is a fleeting one then the initial impact is achieved through novelty rather than solid quality.